In-depth reports, including surveys of the top vehicle-handling ports in North America and Europe.


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European ports prepare for the worst but hope for the best

2019-05-03T12:59:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Whatever deal is struck between the UK and the EU (if one ever is), the consequences are not just going to affect UK port operators and a number of major ports trading vehicles with the UK have expressed their concerns and talked about plans for the future. Some have also ...

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Fighting for space at Europe's ports

2019-04-12T16:51:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

European vehicle-handling ports faced a squeeze on space last year for several reasons, including wild fluctuatons in distribution patterns caused by WLTP implementation. But the situation is now improving, due to investment in infrastructure and digital technology


Toyota and Panasonic form battery JV

2019-01-28T18:18:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Toyota and battery producer Panasonic have agreed to establish a joint venture (JV) to develop prismatic (soft pack) batteries, with a view to sell them to OEMs through Panasonic.


BMW to raise stake in Chinese joint venture

2019-01-23T11:35:27+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Shareholders of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings (CBA) have approved the sale of a 25% stake in BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) to joint venture (JV) partner BMW.

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Driving into a Russian road block?

2019-01-16T09:03:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Despite economic uncertainty in Russia, analysts expect new vehicle sales to grow further - putting increasing pressure on the nation’s already depleted fleet of car carriers

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A billion reasons to try

2019-01-14T14:27:27+00:00By Gavin du Venage

For the past ten years, a rising number of Chinese OEMs have appeared on African roads. Bearing cheerful names such as Geely, Chery, Hafei, Chana and Foton, some managed to land on their feet and build a healthy presence. Others, though, have gone down face-first.

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A problem shared

2019-01-11T12:34:00+00:00By Tony Danby

Packaging experts working across the automotive industry are continually looking for better visibility when tracking the container and its contents to the point of delivery and back. 

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Conflict resolution

2019-01-10T17:00:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Packaging is essential to the supply chain for the timely movement of parts and the maintenance of quality in the storage and distribution process. 


Turkey forecast to build on export gains

2019-01-09T13:41:59+00:00By Barry Cross

In a statement released by Turkey’s automotive export association – the OİB – chief executive Baran Çelik estimates that the Turkish automotive industry will export cars and components worth in excess of $32 billion in 2019.


Ford Otosan and AVL join forces on platooning

2019-01-08T12:24:41+00:00By Steve Garnsey

The commercial vehicle arm of Ford’s joint venture in Turkey, Ford Otosan, has begun developing platooning technology for its trucks with Austrian research company AVL.


Window of opportunity

2019-01-04T17:12:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

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Dealing with change

2019-01-03T17:16:00+00:00By Andrew Williams, Andrew Williams

In recent years, a number of shifts in the industry have begun to affect traditional dealership models, changing the types of relationships that exist between dealers, OEMs and customers.


Daimler to spend €20 billion on battery cells

2018-12-19T10:48:12+00:00By Steve Garnsey

German carmaker Daimler says it will buy battery cells costing more than €20 billion ($22.6 billion) over the next decade as it prepares to introduce 130 electrified variants of Mercedes-Benz cars by 2022.The group is investing €10 billion to make the models, plus another €1 billion on an in-house global ...


China to cut tariffs on US vehicle imports

2018-12-18T17:15:52+00:00By Steve Garnsey

The Chinese government says it will suspend additional duties of 25% on US-made vehicles and automotive parts for three months starting January 1, amid signs China and the United States are de-escalating their trade dispute.“This is a good signal that [they] are on track to solve the trade war,” Wang ...

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Bordering on Brexit

2018-12-04T15:08:01+00:00By Malcolm Ramsay

Brexit continues to cause some serious headaches for those involved in the UK’s automotive sector. With the publication of a draft withdrawal agreement on November 14, UK prime minister, Theresa May, affirmed her commitment to a continued customs territory. Whether that intent will be realised is as much in doubt ...


Ceva trials truck route from China to Europe

2018-12-04T14:47:03+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Ceva Logistics has sent what it says is the first-ever TIR truck from Khorgos, in the far west of China, to Europe via Kazakhstan.“The trial proves that the TIR carnet issued in China is accepted in the transit countries en route to Europe,” said Torben Bengtsson, executive vice-president of Ceva ...


JLR commits to UK supplier base for Evoque

2018-11-28T11:28:06+00:00By Marcus Williams

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has used the launch of its new Range Rover Evoque SUV to confirm its commitment to the supplier base in the UK by awarding more than £4 billion ($5.1 billion) in contracts to support production of the model.


Hyundai Glovis deploys robots in South Korea

2018-11-23T17:18:03+00:00By Marcus Williams

Hyundai Kia’s logistics division, Hyundai Glovis, has automated the packaging of semi-knockdown components at its logistics centres in Asan and Ulsan, South Korea. The move is the first step in a wider company initiative to increase productivity through the introduction of smart logistics.


Brazil introduces new auto incentive programme 

2018-11-21T11:28:41+00:00By Barry Cross

Brazil’s government has recently voted to implement Rota (Route) 2030, a new tax incentive programme for the Brazilian automotive sector that replaces the Inovar-Auto programme, which expired in 2017.

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